A 4000-word short story I’ve written, Sealed with a Loving Kiss, is being released in an anthology. It was based on a prompt from a class of schoolchildren in Birmingham who asked for a ‘romance story about a meteorite hitting a snowman’ after doing my Science fiction writing workshop, where we created short stories based on science topics in the news. They chose the ‘space snowman’ asteroid Ultima Thule for inspiration.
The cover design is based around my story:
My story was inspired by Hidden Figures, and features a queer love story, science, secret treasure – and, of course, lots of woman in STEM. I had fun writing it – and wrestling the class prompt into something a bit more ‘Lauren James’.
The anthology also features writing by Bali Rai, Liam Brown and Ken Preston, as well as stories chosen or commissioned by young people in Norway, Portugal and Italy which have been translated into English for inclusion in this book of short stories. It was published by The Emma Press, and created by Writing West Midlands and READ ON EU.
You can order a copy for £3, or my Patreon subscribers can read it early here.
You can read it translated into Portuguese digitally here (page 48).